The tide is in and a small fishing boat is out at sea, while the bright morning sunshine lights the cliffs.

Flamborough Head, Yorkshire:
North Landing, early morning

Now this is one of my favourite places: Flamborough Head. I intend to paint here a lot because I know the site well and know where there are views to paint. It's also reasonably easy to access. Though I'm waiting for a lighter plein air painting box to arrive, before I attempt to haul my painting kit down into the coves… and then back up again!

  • Image size: 25.4cm x 35.6cm (10" x 14")
  • Medium: oil
  • Ground: canvas panel

This was painted very early one morning at North Landing. I was intent on getting a lot of plein air painting done that day, mainly at another location near-by, but decided to include this bay on the coast as my first painting of the day. So I set off before the sun was up and arrived by 6:30am. The only other souls about were a lone runner heading South round the cliff tops, a couple of early bird dog walkers and a bird watcher.

Though the light was bright, there was a lot of cloud collecting to the South, increasingly shrouding the sun. I had to work quickly because there was a very particular warm early morning light illuminating the cliffs, and adding an interesting nuance to the surface of the sea, which was rapidly disappearing. Worth the early rise.

A linocut limited edition print of the Flamborough Head (new) Lighthouse in the next cove along, sold out quite quickly, perhaps because of the popularity of this unique area – the only chalk cliffs in the North of the UK, I understand.

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